California environment

Thousands of bee colonies died this winter during almond pollination in Fresno.  The County AG commissioner is leading an investigation to find out what happened.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited one beekeeper who's rebuilding hives after a devastating loss.

A new report that gauges the health of California salmon, steelhead, and trout paints an alarming picture.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, it shows nearly half are likely to be extinct in 50 years if conditions don't change.

California state Senate Democrats have proposed a major overhaul to the state's key climate change program.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the legislation would extend the state's cap and trade system.

California officials have proposed spending more than $400 million over ten years to slow the shrinkage of the state's largest lake, the Salton Sea, southeast of the Coachella Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Trump administration can expect a litigious confrontation with California after it announced a review of fuel efficiency rules for cars and trucks.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, state officials have made clear California won't back down from pursuing its own course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A new collaboration between the state of California and the federal government is getting resources from the Obama Administration and good reviews from local leaders trying to save the Salton Sea - California's largest inland body of water - from drying up.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has a short report.

The oil industry's lead advocate at the California Capitol says the industry supports Governor Jerry Brown's effort to extend the state's fight against climate change - but only with some significant changes.  And she's downplaying Brown's threat to take the issue to voters if a deal isn't reached.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Riverside County Supervisors are drafting a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell voicing their displeasure with the Obama Administration's conservation plan for huge swaths of the county's desert.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem says future solar development is a key factor in the dispute.

California air regulators want the state's cap-and-trade program to operate for another decade.  The Air Resources Board released new draft rules last night that would continue emissions reductions through 2030 -- a decade longer than the program is due to expire.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, opponents of expanding cap-and-trade are vehemently opposing the proposed extension.

Before Congress goes on summer vacation, a bevy of conservationists from California are hoping to safeguard more wilderness in the Golden State.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the push to set aside some of the state's most pristine shores.

The U.S. Senate last week passed an energy bill that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which gives billions in funding for parks and open space around the country.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada has this report.

Today is Earth Day.  In light of the holiday, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior is promoting what she calls a "major course correction" on environmental issues.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that part of the Secretary's plan includes encouraging more low-income families to visit national parks, and permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The U.S. Forest Service is beginning to update a permit for Nestle, the world's biggest food and drink company, to continue its bottled water operation in the San Bernardino mountains.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the expired permit the massive company is still using to make it's Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. 

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The top executive at the California Coastal commission is now out of a job.  The move last night (Wednesday) to fire Charles Lester follows weeks of speculation that the commission was bowing to pro-development interests.  As KCBX reporter Jordan Bell tells the California Report, yesterday’s marathon meeting drew hundreds of coastal defenders from across the state.

The U.S. Senate voted earlier this week to defeat an amendment that would have put major restrictions on the President's power to create national monuments.  Conservationists had opposed the amendment to the much larger Senate energy bill.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has details. 

The California Supreme Court is taking a harder look at the state's sweeping environmental protection law, CEQA -- the California Environmental Quality Act.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the court decided one of several cases this week.

Latino religious leaders sent a joint letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging the creation of three new national monuments in the Coachella Valley area.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the push to grant federal recognition to the sites.

There will be a significant California presence at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris this week.  In addition to Governor Jerry Brown, the state's legislative leaders are each taking delegations, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Land Management announced the latest draft of its Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.  The plan lays out areas of the Southern California desert that will be zoned for renewable energy, while setting aside vast swaths for conservation.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on what the future holds for 10-million acres of desert.

A new survey has been released ranking the 100 Greenest Cities in the country.  With 7 in 10 Americans now agreeing with the statement, "we all have a responsibility to protect our planet," going green has gone mainstream.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that, in spite of California's strict environmental policies, most cities in the state -- and the Inland Empire -- don't rank that high in the ratings.

California Sees New Growth In 'Clean Energy' Jobs

Sep 9, 2015

A new report says California added 1,200 new clean energy jobs from April to June, which ranks the Golden State third in the nation in green job growth last quarter.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the findings and what's ahead for the sector.

California lawmakers have questioned state oil and gas regulators and scientists over results of an independent study on fracking released earlier this year.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the study showed serious data gaps about the process.

A new report from NASA shows the San Joaquin Valley is sinking much faster than ever before.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

Some scientists say the giant toxic algal bloom off the west coast could be an indication of a warming ocean and climate change.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg explains.

Land Conservation Deal Lauded

Jul 30, 2015

US Senate Attempt s to Permanently Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Rick Dulock shares this report from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.

A new report out last week says regulations for the process known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" need to be tightened to prevent environmental problems.  And as Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, new legislation could emerge to do just that.

Last Friday, a judge denied a request by environmental groups to shut down a controversial oil terminal near Bakersfield, which has been cited as a "major polluter" by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  The oil terminal is owned by the same company whose pipeline recently failed in Santa Barbara, dumping more than 100,000 gallons of crude onto the California coast.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Santa Barbara County on Wednesday in response to a broken pipeline which could have spilled up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. The oil slick has spread over a nine-mile area near Refugio State park up the coast from Santa Barbara, where it's threatening wildlife.  KVCR News aired this report from The California Report's Jordan Bell.

A report released Monday calls California a "world leader" in cutting greenhouse gas emissions -- second in the world only to France.  The report provides evidence that leaders can grow the economy and reduce the carbon footprint at the same time.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more in this story from California News Service.

The drought in California is taking a heavy toll on native fish.  Some experts fear if the drought lasts much longer, it may be a death knell for some species.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the Delta Smelt is likely headed toward extinction.